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Posted on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 : 12:20 p.m.

4 Michigan football recruits rank among Rivals' top 5 in-state players

By Kyle Meinke

The Michigan football team has been prolific on the recruiting trail in Ohio since the hire of coach Brady Hoke.

It's not doing so bad in its home state as well.

Rivals released on Tuesday its prospect rankings for the state of Michigan, and four of the Wolverines' six in-state pledges rank among the top-five players.

Michigan's first commit for 2013, four-star Warren DeLaSalle quarterback Shane Morris, is ranked No. 1. He is followed by Cass Tech defensive back Jourdan Lewis at No. 3, Cass Tech offensive lineman David Dawson at No. 4 and Detroit Catholic Central fullback/tight end Wyatt Shallman at No. 5.

The only player in the top five not committed to the Wolverines is Midland offensive lineman Steve Elmer, who is pegged No. 2. He is headed to Notre Dame.

Michigan also has commitments from Chandler Park Academy receiver Csont'e York (No. 8) and Detroit Crockett tight end Khalid Hill (No. 23), giving it five players in the top 10 and six in the top 25.

According to the rankings, the Wolverines are whipping rival Michigan State on the teams' home turf. The Spartans placed only two players on the top-30 list, and none in the top six: Birmingham Brother Rice linebacker Jon Reschke is No. 7, and Flint Carman Ainsworth tailback Gerald Holmes is No. 10.

Schools that placed one player on the list include Iowa (No. 9 Delano Hill), Illinois (No. 11 Kenton Gibbons), Florida (No. 12 Cameron Dillard) and Central Michigan (No. 15 Corey Willis).

The Wolverines' class numbers 21 players overall, and is ranked No. 1 in the country by Scout, Rivals and ESPN. The class is expected to grow to about 24 players by signing day in February.

Eight of the 21 players hail from Ohio, which leads the way. Six commits are from Michigan, three from Illinois and one each from Colorado, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.

Kyle Meinke covers Michigan football for He can be reached at 734-623-2588, by email at and followed on Twitter @kmeinke.


Terry Star21

Tue, Jun 12, 2012 : 10:52 p.m.

Again, I like recruiting and the rankings, but all of these student athletes fit the Brady Hoke system of Michigan football, it's that simple. Leaders and Best. It means a lot of respect for the Michigan football program, everyone wants to be a part. I do however agree with az above, no wonder dantonio feels threatened and frightened - can you blame him ! MgoBlueForTiM......'We're the threat'...


Tue, Jun 12, 2012 : 6:15 p.m.

Hey D'antonio: There's the THREAT!!!!!


Tue, Jun 12, 2012 : 5:35 p.m.

Keep talking smack to us dantonio !


Wed, Jun 13, 2012 : 7:13 p.m.

Right on Terry I can hear 110,000 crazed Mich. fans chanting that phrase for the rest of his days at state. I was taught as a kid not to brag and that folks don't forget when you do.

Terry Star21

Tue, Jun 12, 2012 : 10:56 p.m.

Hail...I have an eerie feeling that 'Where's the Threat' from dantonio will come back and bite him in the rump, and be branded on him forever - he brought it on to himself however ! Bad choice, bad call....